Laws Of Life
How to start
The chosen topic in the essay given below is the Laws of Life. In this particular topic we should always think of what will help an individual in living a rightful yet enjoyable life. Your introduction can start with a quotation about life because it will be a good opening sentence that will make your essay inspiring. In the example below a question is used as a transition to the next paragraph. The reality of life should also be stated in the introduction before jumping into the list of laws.
Example of introduction for a laws of life essay:
“In this world of chaos and misunderstanding we are always taught that we should always be loving and caring. We are always told how to act properly and how to be the perfect person the society wants us to be. It is a bit disappointing that we are living in the shadows of other people’s expectation. We do not have the freedom to act on our own because we thought that living up to other people’s expectation will fulfill us. We sometimes forget about ourselves and our own happiness.”
How to write thesis
he thesis states the main topic of the essay and it will be the basis of how the whole essay will flow. It is important to mention it in the first paragraph to let the readers know where your essay is going. The underlined sentence in the example introduction is the thesis.
Example of thesis for a laws of life essay:
“There are moments when I question myself if this life is really worth living. Should I always follow their laws to be happy or should I have a law of my own?”
How to write the body
The supporting details of your essay will be stated in the three part body of your paragraph. If you are going to make an enumeration of the laws of life in your essay you should explain it chronologically and based on what came first on your list. This will make the body of your paragraph easier to understand and remembered. The detailed example of the first, second and third part of the body is written below to serve as your guide in making your own body of the paragraph about the laws of life.
Example of body paragraphs for a laws of life essay:
Example: (1st )
“In order to be fulfilled in living we should always follow the five most essential laws of life. Being contented of what you have, having a goal, conquering your fear, stop living in other people’s expectation and living your life are the five essential laws of life for me. We should follow these laws in order to have a fulfilling and happy life. We should never forget that we are only given one life so we should make it the best life we ever had. We may have our next life but we never what awaits us at the end of the rainbow. It may be heaven, hell or something like this life but we are never sure of where we are going after death that is why we must live this life the way we want to.”
“The first law of life mentioned above is being contented of what you have. In order to live a happy life we should be contented of what we have and never ask more than what we can give to our self. We should lessen our expectations, that way we are less likely to be hurt. The second law is having a goal in life. It is important to be contented but contentment should be followed by a goal so that our life will not be stagnant. Our goals in life will keep us moving and motivated to improve more. Conquering your fear is the third law and it is an important part of living your life. When you conquered and face your fears you will be more able to focus on achieving and fulfilling your goals. Fears will only hinder us in growing that’s what it should be diminished. Fourth law is to stop living in other people’s expectation because if we will keep on doing things based on what the wants of the society we will end up achieving nothing. We should always remind ourselves that other people’s opinion matters but it should never affect our decision about our own happiness.”
“The last and final law is the most important one because it will really make a big change in our life if we will follow this last law. Living your life is such a simple phrase that will make you wonder why it is part of the five laws that I stated. We are living our lives and we all know that but that is a big misconception of everyone. Most of us just exist in this world while only some are living their lives. There is a very thin line between living and existing that people sometimes thought the two are just the same. Living your life is achieving goals, being productive and progressive while existing is just breathing the air around you and not knowing your plans in life. We should live our lives and by that I mean that we should have a plan and we should act on putting those plans into actions. It will be alright if you have not figured out your life yet but it will be better if you make yourself a better person and start making things that will make you a living person and not just an existing human.”
How to conclude
In writing a conclusion for your essay about the laws of life you should mention how the enumerated laws of life you wrote will help an individual in his or her life. The words you will use should be understandable especially by teenagers because most of the target readers of this kind of topic are the youngsters. The conclusion should be encouraging so your readers will be more confident in following the laws of life that you have stated.
Example of conclusion for a laws of life essay:
“It will be hard for us to follow those simple laws of life but it is important that we should start considering those laws to become better individuals. We will not be forever young and we will never know when our end is coming. The mentioned laws are just guidelines in order to live a happy and fulfilled life. We can start from small things like having a discipline to sleep early at night and wake up early the next morning. Those small achievements will motivate us more and will make us better individuals. It will also lessen our time for procrastination because when we are planning we will never include time for that. After following those simple laws of life we should also give yourself a reward or break to recharge our energy. The most important thing to remember is doing the things that will make you grow and happy, that is the law of life that we are all valid to have.”
Example of Outline
Title: Laws of Life
Thesis: The laws of life are necessary guidelines in order to be happy and fulfilled.
- Topic Sentence
- Thesis Statement
Importance of Laws of Life to an individual
The Laws of Life
- Contentment in Life
- Having a Goal
- Facing your Fears
- Stop living in other people’s expectation.
Importance of the Final Law of Life
- Summary of arguments and words of encouragement
1. The Author :
Jack London (really John Griffith) was born 1876 in San Fransisco and is believed to have been the illegitimate son of William Henry Chaney, an astrologer. Flora Wellman, his mother, married John London soon after Jack's birth. He grew up on the waterfront of Oakland and his schooling was intermittent. Much of his youth was spent on the wrong side of the law. Among other things he was an oyster pirate, and he also spent a month in prison for vagrancy. At the age of 17 he signed on a sailing ship which took him to the Arctic and Japan. Despite his lack of formal education he also became a voracios reader, especially of fiction, as he reported in his autobiographical novel, Martin Eden (1909).
In 1896 he joined the gold rush to the Klondike, where he found no gold but gathered ample material for the brutal, vigorous life he portrayed in The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906), novels of man and beast struggeling against the overwhelming forces of nature.
From Social Darwinism London had absorbed the idea that to survive, man must adapt to irresistible natural forces. Although his writing is often described as an example of literary naturalism, London was most deeply influenced by the seemingly irreconcilable opposites of Nietzsche and Marx. From Nietzsche he borrowed the idea of the super human, evident in its most destructive form in Wolf Larsen, the predatory hero of London's The Sea Wolf (1904). From Marx he took the idea of the need for social reform and of the power of economic determinism, concepts he embodied in his socialistic treatises, The war of the Classes (1905) and The Human Drift (1907), and in his terrifying vision of the coming of totalitarianism, The Iron Heel (1907).
From 1900 to 1916 London wrote more than fifty books, earning a million dollars, which he spent quickly and easily as he earned it, in a frantic search for contentment. But London found gratification neither in his writing nor in his personal life, and his last years were marked by struggles with alcoholism and mental disintegration. He died, probably by his own hand, when he was forty.1
2 The Short Story The Law of Life :
Jack London's The Law of Life is a story that deals with the approach of death to Old Koskoosh, an Indian who has been once an able warrior, and who is now abandoned in the snow by his tribe to meet his final fate. While he is sitting there he dreams stoically of the old days and especially about his experience with a grand old moose, which he saw struggle with wolves until it finally died. During these meditations the old Indian gets surrounded by wolves himself, to which he has to surrender in the end, in order to obey the law of life.
The first striking aspect when reading this very short short story is, that all the events are conveyed through the protagonists's point of view, particularly through the sense of listening. Especially through questiones like "What was that ? Oh, the men lashing the sleds and drawing tight the thongs" (p.877), indicating the free indirect discourse, with which the whole narrative is written, the reader slips inside the character and experiences immediately while reading, what is happening to the Indian.
London thematizes the last hours of an old man, who cannot keep up with the pace of life anymore and who is abandoned by those who are still young and strong to take part in existence. This seems very brutal and heartless, those people being members of his own family and tribe and they are indeed described as careless. His grandchild is "too busy to waste a thought upon her broken grandfather" (p.877), and "If Sitcum - to - ha had only remembered her grandfather, and gathered a larger armful [of wood], his hours would have been longer." (p.880).
From these sentences the reader could understand that the old man is about to die because his family wants it like that, but this is not the case. They are only doing what they consider to be natural : If the task of life is done the individual has to face the inevitable. The problem is, that nature, which has set this one task, does not care if one performs it or not. It has no concern for the individual but for the species and the race.
"To perpetuate was the task of life, its law was death. . . There were plenty who were obedient, and it was only the obedience in this matter, not the obedient, which lived and lived always." (p.878). This means that death is inevitable for the individual but living should be inevitable for the species, and the race. This has to be continued and is still being continued.
It is evident that London is very strongly influenced by the theories of Darwin, who said that the origin of a specieslies in the survival of the fittest, because only those can live and perpetuate who are best adapted to the conditions of their environment. These individuals are naturally selected.
London however continues this theory to that extend that no matter how well one is euipped for life, nature takes everything gradually away, until the end approaches. This is because one is only alive for one reason : to perform the single task, all other things are unimportant, and one has to face this fact. It does not matter if one is "a maiden full breasted and strong" or "headmen of the tribesmen and a mighty hunter" (p. 878. 877), one has to obey nature with its law of life.
This is something which also Old Koskoosh knows, but although being "very close to deathnow; the thought makes the old man panicky for the moment." (p.877). Inside he is not ready to cope with his ending, for he clings to every little item which still connects him with life. Already in the beginning of the story we see him listening "greedily" (p.876). He says he is "as a last year's leaf clinging lightly to the stem" (p.877), but this is not true altogether, because he clings to it with all the rest of strength which nature has left him : He controls the fire taking care that it will not go out, for he knows that cold is the beginning of the ending.
Then his hand crept out in haste to the wood. It alone stood be- tween him and the eternity that yawned in upon him. At last the measure of his life was a handful of faggots. One by one they would go to feed the fire, and just so, step by step, death would creep upon him. When the last stick had surrendered up its heat, the frost would begin to gather strength. First his feet would yield then his hands; and the numbness would travel, slowly, from the extremities to the body. His head would fall forward upon his knees and he would rest. It was easy. All men must die. He did not com- plain. It was the way of life, and it was just. He had been born to the earth, close to the earth had he lived, and the law thereof was not new for him.2
1 All biographical data taken directly from Salzman, Jack (edit.). "The Cambridge Handbook of American Literature". Cambridge : University Press, 1986. And from McMichael, George (edit.) et al. "The Anthology of American Literature Volume II." New York, London : 1980.
2 ibid The Law of Life (p.877, 878).